Officials at Stansted Airport in Essex have welcomed plans by Network Rail to spend more than £2 billion improving the rail infrastructure in our region.
More than £35 billion is set to be invested across the UK, over the next five years.
Airport bosses hope the plans will help to make the 'Stansted in 30' campaign a reality.
Essex County Council also welcomed the announcement, acknowledging the need for an improved rail infrastructure for commuters, business and the economy in this region.
Derrick Louis, Essex County Councilor for Highways and Transportation said:
“Essex is planning significant growth over the next few years, which will place increased pressure on our rail network... We hope that the planned schemes and infrastructure improvements will increase the capacity and reliability of the rail service in our region, providing significant improvements to the infrastructure and rolling stock.
“While the proposed £2.2bn investment set out by Network Rail will cater for growth in the coming years, we believe that further investment will be needed for new railway infrastructure in the long-term, and we will continue to press for this”.
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